Councillor Vacancy

Published: 27th April 2021

Being a Councillor- Councillor Vacancy

Would you like to become a councillor?

We have councillor vacancies on Wivenhoe Town Council. If you are interested, please watch this short video:

https://youtu.be/cYxPSJJqxZg

 

Still interested?

Who we are and what we do

Wivenhoe Town Council is a statutory body made up of up to thirteen unpaid volunteers, elected by the residents of Wivenhoe to promote and watch over the interests of Wivenhoe. We are the most local level of government but not affiliated to any particular political party.

We deliver numerous services to meet local needs and have formal powers to provide allotments, care for public open spaces, provide community buildings and manage two cemeteries amongst many others.

As Councillors we;

Make decisions through attending meetings and committees, deciding which activities to support, where money should be spent, what services should be delivered and what policies should be implemented

Monitor decisions by keeping an eye on how well things are working so that they lead to efficient and effective services

Get involved as local representatives; we have responsibilities toward our constituents and local organisations

Day to day we attend local organisation meetings such as with the police and highways authority, follow up issues on behalf of members of the public and meet with individual residents in their own homes

We initiate new projects and working groups looking at ways in which we can improve the local community

Who we need

If you would like to become a councillor yourself and make a difference, these are the skills we are looking for:

  • You should care about the community in which you live and want to make a difference
  • We would like you to have the time to commit approximately 5-10 hours a week to council work and meetings. We urge all of our new councillors to join a number of committees so that they get a feel for how the council works and what they would like to take on.
  • Perhaps you could bring a new skill, expertise or key local knowledge to the council
  • You should have the ability to listen constructively, be a good team player and have an ability and willingness to represent the council and their community

The small print:

  • You must be a British citizen, a citizen of the commonwealth or a citizen of a member state of the European Union
  • You must be 18 years of age or over and an elector
  • You must live or work in Wivenhoe or live within 3 miles of the town

If you are interested, we’d love to hear from you- please email the town clerk on townclerk@wivenhoe.gov.uk by 31 May 2021, setting out why you would like to join us and what skills you will bring.

This will be followed by an interview and selection process.

 

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